International Business

In our increasingly global economy, we are regularly involved in cross-border activities, both inbound and outbound, representing both companies and investors. Our attorneys have significant experience both in the details of regular cross-border business operations as well as in cross-border transactions. For inbound work, we frequently receive referrals from overseas law firms that look to us to assist their clients directly or to collaborate with us with respect to a matter involving one of their clients.

For companies that are establishing business operations in the US, we can advise on the initial considerations in establishing a US presence, including the tax implications, and then establish US-based subsidiaries as necessary. We assist with the numerous legal implications of establishing a presence in the US, including licensing and compliance, employment issues, intellectual property protection, real estate and others. We can make recommendations to other service providers and resources, including accountants, real estate and insurance brokers, recruiters and the myriad of other resources needed to successfully establish a presence in a new country.

Similarly, we work with companies and investors choosing to enter the US market through acquisition of or investment in an existing US-based company or through some type of joint venture, distribution, licensing or partnering arrangement. For this type of transactional work, we assist with our knowledge of US market norms and practices and will advise on establishing a tax efficient structure for the transaction. We can collaborate with overseas counsel to select, negotiate and document a transaction structure that meets the overall business objectives while offering necessary protection under US law.

Our domestic clients often look to us for assistance in establishing or expanding their operations internationally, whether to access new market opportunities, for tax structuring reasons or otherwise. For these engagements, we will advise on alternatives for establishing an international presence and will assess the tax implications of each. We have a network of local counsel in foreign jurisdictions with which we collaborate in establishing offshore entities and advising on local laws. Then we will work with local counsel in structuring and documenting the relationships between the domestic and offshore entities.

For our domestic clients engaged in overseas transactional work, whether the acquisition or sale of a company, or a joint venture or partnering arrangement, our attorneys have many years of experience “doing deals” abroad. We are adept in managing the tax and structuring considerations involved in cross-border transactional work. We collaborate with local counsel to assist our clients in achieving their objectives while protecting their businesses and their intellectual property and other critical assets.

Once the underlying goal of a project or an engagement has been established, we work with the client to craft a strategy calculated to achieve the desired result as expeditiously and cost-effectively as possible.

Before our clients commit the time and expense to a transaction or matter, we will work with them in clarifying their objectives and testing their assumptions, thus doing our best to ensure that the potential benefits justify the costs and any potential risks.

We understand that our clients are focused on achieving specific business objectives, and are looking for us to present them with legal strategies that support those goals. At the same time, they are counting on us to identify potential pitfalls and to assist them in identifying and assessing their risks, a responsibility that we take very seriously.

Providing our clients with appropriate protection while facilitating their operations, balancing 'get it done' with 'get it done right,' and doing it all with an eye to our clients’ legal budgets and cost constraints can be a challenging task, but it is one that we strive to achieve and is a skill at which we have become adept.

Our depth of practice in VC and angel financing has given us a sophisticated understanding of the issues driving the negotiations on both sides of the table, enabling us to provide our clients with practical advice on strategy and market terms. In a field where efficiency and cost control are essential, we offer our clients extensive experience and practical judgment in assessing the benefits and costs inherent in their negotiating positions.

We frequently receive referrals from some of New York’s largest law firms in situations where they have an internal conflict, are unable to handle a matter efficiently or for some other reason. They trust us to assist their clients and contacts when they are unable to do so.